Findings link gut bacteria to MS

Bad gut bacteria—or an insufficient amount of good bacteria—may have a direct link to multiple sclerosis. Through microbiome analysis on fecal samples collected from MS patients, as well as healthy control subjects, Ashutosh Mangalam, PhD, University of Iowa assistant professor of pathology, and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic found that patients with MS have reduced levels of good bacteria responsible for overall benefits obtained from consuming healthy foods, such as soy and flaxseed. The study was published online in the journal Scientific Reports.